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Sean Spicer literally thinks "A Christmas Carol" is a book of Christmas carols

Not only that, but as Randy Michaels quipped, "The most Christmas carols ever gathered in one book. Period." (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Christ What An Asshole, Trumpism, Sean Spicer, Randy Michaels


Make your own unicorn kit

You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recognized as an actual unicorn under the German Standards Institute DIN 41439 specification for Cryptozoological Entities. So there's that. A RAINBOW OF FUN: 6 awesome projects kids will go wild over LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES BY MAKING A VARIETY OF CRAFTS: Kids learn to sew a stuffy, create with pom poms, f...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Unicorns, Stocking Stuffers


Racist lady removed from Starbucks

A woman was escorted by police out of the Walnut Creek, Cali., Starbucks after berating a Korean student there for speaking her own language. the woman told her "This is America. Use English only" and "Your language is disgusting."In the footage, an elderly woman working on a laptop can be heard telling An, "If you can sit and be quiet, fine, but I don't want to hear your language."A Starbucks employee defends An's right to speak Korean within the establishment and nicely asks the woman to le...
Tags: Post, News, Racism, Starbucks, Walnut Creek Cali Starbucks


The Most Annoying People of 2017, in this week’s tabloids

It’s rare, but once in a while the tabloids just get a story right. While Us magazine bores us with the “most fascinating people of 2017” (Melania Trump? Meghan Markle?) and the National Enquirer tells us “What shocked and rocked in 2017” (branding Hollywood’s sex harassment scandals “Pervnado"), it is the Globe that hits the pitch-perfect end-of-year note with its “50 Most Annoying People of 2017.” Its catalogue of “whiners, losers and lamebrains” is hard to argue with: Kim Kardashian, Bill O’...
Tags: Post, Hollywood, News, Obama, White House, Kaley Cuoco, House, Jimmy Carter, General Services Administration, Jennifer Lopez, Prince William, Royals, Harry, Chanel, National Enquirer, John Stamos


Protesters flood the Senate, calling for a delay in voting on the GOP tax plan until new Alabama Senator Doug Jones is seated

When Massachusetts GOP Senator Scott Brown was elected in a 2010 special election, Senate Democrats agreed to delay a key vote on health care reform until he could be seated, so that the vote would be held by elected officials, not the appointed lame duck who was sitting in the seat that Brown was about to occupy. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Senate, Massachusetts, Alabama, Gop, Protests, Scott Brown, Uspoli, Brown, Doug Jones, Grand Old Pickpockets


Ajit Pai makes a "funny" video dismissing Net Neutrality advocates for fringe-right site

Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a terrible, unfunny video mocking the tens of millions of Net Neutrality advocates whose comments he has discarded (along with filings from the internet's inventors and leading scientists and engineers). The video was posted to the fringe-right website The Daily Caller. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Christ What An Asshole, Donald Trump, Ajit Pai, Seriously Fuck That Guy, Reality Has A Well-known Left-wing Bias, Then They Laugh At You Then You Win


San Francisco SPCA uses a robot to chase away homeless people, because cruelty to humans is just fine

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bought a "security robot" to harass homeless people at its Mission District offices, a move that the city has banned and threatened $1,000/day fines for. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, San Francisco, Homelessness, Mission District, Urban Theory, Weaponized Shelter, Robots Stole My Jerb, Society For The Promotion Of Cruelty To Humans


Just before the FCC's cowardly vote to kill Net Neutrality, they had to evacuate due to "security advice"

"On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," said Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, just as the he was about to call a vote to kill Net Neutrality after ignoring tens of millions of comments from everyday Americans and expert interventions from the internet's inventors and the world's leading technical experts. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Security Theater, Ajit Pai, Trump FCC, Evacuating The Administration's Bowels


Morgan Spurlock comes out as a serial sexual abuser of women in weird online confessional

New York-based filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his 2004 indie documentary Super Size Me, admitted Wednesday in a long online confessional that he has a history of sexual abuse towards women. (more…)
Tags: Post, New York, News, Sexual Abuse, Mea Culpa, Morgan Spurlock, Picks, Super Size Me, Abuser, I am part of the problem


SNL writer spies on and 'fart-shames' his friend remotely using a Nest cam

As a safety measure, SNL writer Nick Kocher recently installed a Nest cam in his apartment. He then left town for the weekend, letting his friend Jon Bass crash at his place. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Weird, Spying, Surveillance, Modern Life, Nest Cam, Fart, Picks, Insult To Injury, Jon Bass, Fart Shaming, Nick Kocher


New Errol Morris documentary about CIA dosing an unwitting man with LSD, who committed suicide

It's well known that the CIA would dose unwitting, innocent people with LSD to see how they would react. Filmmaker Errol Morris has a new docudrama series on Netflix called Wormwood about a Frank Olson, who was given LSD by the CIA without being told, and suffered so badly from it that he jumped out of a window to his death. Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A tw...
Tags: Video, News, Netflix, United States, Cia, Peter Sarsgaard, Morris, Errol Morris, Wormwood, Frank Olson, MK Ultra, Errol Morris Wormwood, Fourth Floor Productions, New Errol Morris


NASA and Google found first solar system to have 8 planets like our own

Today NASA and Google found another planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, making it a solar system with eight planets, just like ours. According to Business Insider: That finding is due to the discovery of a new planet, Kepler-90i — a hot, rocky orb circling a sun-like star called Kepler-90, which is 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was found using a machine-learning system from Google, which was put to work sifting through data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft... It appears to be the t...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Nasa, Kepler, University of Texas at Austin, Andrew Vanderburg, Vanderburg, Kepler 90i, Kepler-90


Alarming lawyer ad

The best personal injury lawyer ad in human history is the chroma key apocalypse of Berger & Green, but this fellow Barry Glazer gives Pittsburgh's finest a run for their money: "I'm in it for vengeance" Here's an interview with Barry, shot by Alexander Rubin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0kcPp5hnb0 Barry Glazer is a Baltimore-based attorney whose provocative, uninhibited television commercials have made him a local celebrity. But what about the man behind the ads? 'Attorney at Raw' ...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Ads, Lawyers, Baltimore, Barry, Pittsburgh, Berger Green, Barry Glazer, Alexander Rubin


A preview of the lawsuits that will be filed to save Net Neutrality after the FCC voted to kill it today

Today, the FCC ignored tens of millions of Americans' views, as well as comments from the world's leading internet scientists and the inventors of the internet, and give a huge regulatory gift to the telcoms sector it is supposed to be regulating, rolling back Net Neutrality and allowing those companies to extort blackmail money from the web publishers you try to access through their lines. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Regulatory Capture, Antitrust, States Rights, Ajit Pai, Dingo Babysitters


What is bias in machine learning, when does it matter, and what can we do about it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMym_BKWQzk "The Trouble with Bias," Kate Crawford's (previously) keynote at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems is a brilliant tour through different ways of thinking about what bias is, and when we should worry about it, specifically in the context of machine learning systems and algorithmic decision making -- the best part is at the end, where she describes what we should do about this stuff, and where to get started. (via 4 Short Links)
Tags: Videos, Happy Mutants, Video, News, Youtube, Data Science, Machine Learning, Bias, Deep Learning, Forensics, Neural Information Processing Systems, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Kate Crawford


How killing Net Neutrality irreparably harms public libraries and the communities they serve

New York Public Library president Tony Marx presides over the largest public library system in America, in a city where 2,000,000 people lack broadband internet access, so he understands as well as anyone the way that libraries bridge the digital divide, a divide that gets deeper and more daunting every day, as key services and opportunities move online. (more…)
Tags: Post, New York, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Net Neutrality, NYC, America, Nypl, Libraries, New York Public Library, Glam, 1a, Tony Marx, A First Amendment Wire


Kentucky lawmaker shoots himself after being accused of molesting teenager

Last night Kentucky Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson drove onto a bridge in Louisville, Kentucky, shot himself inside his car, and died. 24 hours earlier, he had been publicly accused of molesting a teenager in 2013. In 2013, then 17-year-old Maranda Richmond had to ward off a drunk evangelical pastor – Dan Johnson – who kissed her and put his hands underneath her clothes inside a church on New Years Day. Three months later she reported the incident to police, and the Louisville Metro Police D...
Tags: Post, News, Kentucky, Cnn, Johnson, Richmond, Louisville Kentucky, Dan Johnson, Kentucky House of Representatives, Louisville Metro Police Department, Suicides, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Maranda Richmond


An anonymous person with $86 million in bitcoin is giving it to charity

The Pineapple Fund was started by some nice person whose early acquisition of bitcoins made him a multimillionaire. He's donating $86 million to different charities, including the EFF (who gets $1 million) FAQ Who are you, and why? Sometime around the early days of bitcoin, I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens. The expectation shattering returns of bitcoin over many years has lead to an amount far more than I can spend. What do yo...
Tags: Post, News, Good Deeds


Kickstarter for artbook of Viktor Kalvachev, one of comicdom's best illustrators

Viktor Kalvachev is one of the most exciting figures in comics today. I love his art, which reminds me of the great paperback book illustrators of the 1960s. He's the creator of Blue Estate, a hardboiled crime series that takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It’s got a sleazy action hero actor with a passing resemblance to Steven Seagal, the Russian Mafia, the Italian Mafia, a geeky fanboy private eye in his 40s, a B-movie actress, drugs, alcohol, strippers, hookers, and seedy establishments. ...
Tags: Post, News, France, Los Angeles, Art and design, Kickstarter, Bulgaria, Steven Seagal, Bobby, Viktor, LA Confidential, Viktor Kalvachev


A proposed Australian leaker law will put journalists and whistleblowers in jail for 20 years

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a plan to bring down anti-leaker legislation that provides for 20 year prison sentences for whistelblowers who leak in order to prove government wrongdoing, and for the journalists who publish those leaks. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Australia, Press freedom, Authoritarianism, Malcolm Turnbull, Whistleblowers, Auspol, Shooting Messengers


Roy Moore continues to defy reality

After losing the Alabama special senate election two days ago, Roy Moore remains stuck in the Denial stage of the Kubler-Ross Model of Grief. In a cartoonishly self-important video statement released this morning, Moore's eyes unwaveringly tracked a teleprompter while he recited, "We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion, and to set free a suffering humanity. In this race, we have not received the final count​ to include ​military and provisiona...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Alabama, Losers, Roy Moore, Moore, Kübler Ross, Doug Jones


White elephant gifts that someone will actually be pleased to receive

Holiday gift exchanges are often overpopulated with useless junk, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The following items definitely have some novelty appeal, but not without some actual everyday utility. Plus, everything here can be had for 15% off with coupon code GIFTSHOP15. Hyperchiller Coffee Chiller: 2-Pack Instead of paying $5 for a cold brew, you can cool your regular coffee in under a minute with a Hyperchiller. With a separate chamber for ice, it won’t water down your beverage, either...
Tags: Post, News, Usb, James Bond, Daniel Craig, Tsa, Shop, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Narwhal BBQ Skewers, SaberLight Plasma Beam Lighters


Vegemite ice pops

It's summer in Australia, which means people are thinking of cool treats to enjoy in the heat. Then, on Tuesday, the folks at Vegemite ruined everything by making ice pops with their thick, dark yeast spread. After much debate whether it was a joke or not, the Melbourne-based brand tweeted, "We weren't kidding with this one!," and offered up the recipe for the repulsive "Vegemite Icy Poles."
Tags: Post, News, Australia, Melbourne, Summertime, Vegemite, Ice Pop


Disney buys Fox in all-stock deal, making Rupert Murdoch the largest shareholder in the company

Most of 21st Century Fox's assets now belong to Disney, a company that is famous for its liberal messaging and blockbuster movies that stress social justice themes, from Star Wars to Coco to Frozen, and Rupert Murdoch, the architect of the right-wing takeover of nations on several continents, is now the single largest shareholder in Disney. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Disney, Fox, Rupert Murdoch, Activist Investor, Late Stage Capitalism, Digger Disney, Star Wars to Coco


Cross the street in Iceland and float through the air

The wonderful French expression Trompe L’oeil—which translates to “fools the eye”—in this case describes a type of painting, done on the pavement, which is making the roads safer for people around the world. From Canada to India, from Britain to Iceland, optical illusions painted on roadways are causing drivers to slow down and save lives. From “Stella” on Bored Panda: In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up—almost literally. A...
Tags: Post, News, India, Bbc, Canada, Britain, Iceland, Stella, New Delhi India, Ísafjörður, Ísafjörður Iceland, Ralf Trylla, Vegmálun GÍH


Piketty and 100 researchers: inequality is getting worse, and will continue to worsen

The World Inequality Lab -- led by Thomas "Capital in the 21st Century" Piketty -- has published its 2018 World Inequality Report, summarizing the research of 100 academics around the world who investigate and document capital flows from 1980 onward. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Economics, Scholarship, Piketty, Inequality, Guillotine Watch, Thomas Capital, Invisible Hand As Mailed Fist, 21st Century Piketty


Cheap dates: here's how much it cost the telcoms sector to buy Congress and murder Net Neutrality

Congress took $101 million in donations from the telcoms sector, and then, by an amazing coincidence, 107 Republican Congressjerks sent a letter to Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, exhorting him to kill Net Neutrality without delay. (more…)
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Gop, Bribery, Donald Trump, Ajit Pai, Congressjerks, Grand Old Phone Company


A French robot named Jojo makes plotter portraits

Digital media artists Makio&Floz use their AxiDraw drawing machine, which they have dubbed "Jojo le robot," to create plotted portraits. They are currently offering these signed and numbered "Plottraits" to the first 100 people who order. About "Jojo," in the artists' words (translated from French): Jojo, disciple of the greatest masters of his time, underwent a rigorous and intense training. He attaches an extreme importance to the quality of his line, but also to the quality of his materia...
Tags: Portrait, Post, News, Robot, Jojo, Plotters, Makio Floz


State trooper finds nothing funny about pulling over DeLorean going 88mph

The driver of a DeLorean modded to resemble the version from Back to the Future didn’t impress a Texas state trooper for hitting 88 mph. Mark Shields, who was driving his car to an event, told KHOU he thought the officer was joking when he pulled him over for the time-traveling speed. Shields said the trooper responded by saying he doesn’t “joke” about his job. Shields said the trooper continued to ask about the car and questions related to the movie, but ultimately handed the butthead a tic...
Tags: Post, Texas, News, Shields, KHOU, Mark Shields, Speeding Tickets, Oto Godfrey


Surgeon admits to branding initials onto patients’ livers

Patients of Dr. Simon Bramhall probably weren’t expecting an autograph on their transplanted organs. That didn’t stop the surgeon from signing their livers like Roy Moore on high school yearbook day. Bramhall pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for using an argon beam to burn his initials on two patients’ livers at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2013, according to the BBC. The beam can be used to sketch a non-harmful outline for operation on the livers surface. Bramhall pleaded...
Tags: Post, News, Bbc, Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Roy Moore, Bramhall, Autographs, Simon Bramhall, University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust